The sixth and final offering in Starr Hill’s (Charlottesville, VA) All Access Series is Shakedown Chocolate Cherry Stout. The beer features chocolate and cherries added during fermentation.
“Shakedown Chocolate Cherry Stout was a fun project. Experimenting with natural ingredients is an essential part of Starr Hill’s DNA. With Shakedown, the use of cherry puree and cocoa powder made the brewing process a real challenge,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Manager of Brewery Operations.
Starr Hill Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout will debut on Halloween in the brewery’s taproom. Distribution to follow shortly after.
Shock Top launched two new offerings in their mixed pack today – Shockolate Wheat, and Twisted Pretzel Wheat.
Twisted Pretzel Wheat had a limited draft engagement late spring. The beer is brewed with spices that make it smell (and taste) like Bavarian-style pretzels.
Shockolate Wheat is brewed with chocolate, caramel, and black malts, and aged with vanilla beans and cocoa nibs.
Both are seasonal releases in 12oz bottles, in the Winter Sampler pack.
Note: The above “Best Day Ever” is a part of Shock Top’s promotional marketing. Not a BSJ image.
Wicked Weed Brewing Co (Asheville, NC) just shipped an new offering – Jack O’ Hammered Pumpkin Ale, just in time for Halloween.
Jack O’ Hammered is of course a pumpkin ale, brewed with roasted cocoa nibs, and finishes with heat from serrano, ancho, and habanero peppers. It’s no secret the brewery dotes a little on this one.
Below are some pictures from the cocoa nib roasted at the brewery in Asheville.
Wicked Weed Jack O’ Hammered is available in North Carolina distribution on draft, alongside Briars & Brett Farmhouse Ale.
Style: Pumpkin Ale (w/ Cocoa NIbs, Chili Peppers)
Availability: 500ml bottles
Arrival: Late October, 2014
Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) is releasing a new edition of Smoked Porter this month – Smoked Porter with Chocolate and Orange Peel.
In a sea of successful Smoked Porter variants like Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean, and Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers, the brewery eyed fall edition – Stone Smoked Porter – Autumn Addition Edition.
Herbs, spices, and gourds from Stone Farms were going to be added to the porter, but eventually, they landed on chocolate and orange.
Stone Smoked Porter with Chocolate and Orange Peel features the peat smoke flavor of the smoked porter, with orange peel and cacao nibs. Available for a limited time in 22oz bottles and draft.
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft.
Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, and Puerto Rico
5.9% ABV, 53 IBUs
The Bruery (placenta, CA) releases bottles of White Chocolate today. The beer is a 100% bourbon barrel aged wheatwine, aged on vanilla beans and cocoa nibs.
750ml bottles are limited to 1 per person, on sale at the brewery at 4:30pm (California time). Last release, bottles were around $29.99 a bottle.
Style: Wheatwine (w/ Vanilla Beans, Cacao Nibs, Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 750 ml bottles
New Belgium / Perennial Artisanal Ales Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout has started making appearances in various markets. The new, drool-worthy creation gracing New Belgium’s Lips of Faith Series is a Belgian-style stout with a touch of chocolate and salt. 22oz of dessert in a bottle.
Dessert is best poured. And the brewers at Perennial agree. So we dreamt up a beer that would bering together chocolate sweetness, Belgian yeast, deeply roasted malts and just the right shake of salt to pour a creamy stout worth of a cherry on top.
New Belgium/Perennial Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout is available in 22oz bombers and draft for a limited time.
Image via New Belgium
Stone Brewing Co’s (Escondido, CA) Stochasticity Project is a select line of beers meant to focus on creation, and less on the brewery. Each release in the lineup is unique brewing experiment, a meld of styles, or new approaches to tried and true styles. Coming soon to the Stochasticity Series lineup – Master of Disguise Imperial Golden Stout.
What? Golden stout? Master of Disguise is a golden-brewed imperial stout, with coffee and cocoa. Confusing or inventive? That’s your call.
Things aren’t always what they seem, but not all deception is devious. Some illusions and misnomers lead to life’s most delightful surprises. Case in point—this beer, the yang to the yin that is the black India pale ale. Once revolutionary for its onyx appearance, it is now an accepted and beloved member of the India pale ale family tree. Thus we took the spirit of a dark beer—the time-honored stout—and applied a similar science of thought, brewing it to be golden-hued. That is what this experimental series and its latest creation are all about. Cocoa and coffee beans impart roastiness sans darkening to this brew, while flaked oats provide an enveloping mouthfeel. The result is a stout that looks more like a blonde, but is a raven beauty at heart.
Stone Stochasticity Master of Disguise will be available in 22oz bombers.
Note: This is a “sneak peek.” Details, release date, or release at all, are subject to change at anytime by the brewery.